It's actually happening! Heavy metal icon King Diamond has officially announced a batch of North American tour dates for 2014. Rumors of a 2014 tour have been circulating for a couple of weeks, with hopeful fans praying for the dark forces to come through. Thankfully, we can report that the metal gods have gifted us with a rare gem.

Both before and after completing a comprehensive European tour in 2006, a live performance from King Diamond has been very rare in North America. With the timelessness of King Diamond's music in mind, there are legions of new fans who have been waiting patiently to see their heavy metal hero wail his trademark falsetto in concert for the first time.

King Diamond will be joined onstage by longtime band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Weed, Hal Pacino and Matt Thompson. An opening act has yet to be revealed, but King Diamond promises that his upcoming shows "will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band's entire history." We're sold!

Check out the full list of tour dates below!

King Diamond 2014 North American Tour:

10/11 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
10/13 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
10/14 - New York, N.Y. @ Best Buy Theatre
10/16 - Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
10/17 - Montreal, Quebec @ Olympia
10/18 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Sound Academy
10/19 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
10/21 - Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic Theatre
10/22 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
10/24 - Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
10/26 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
10/28 - Seattle, Wash. @ The Moore Theatre
10/30 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield
10/31 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
11/01 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
11/03 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
11/05 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
11/06 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
11/08 - Austin, Texas @ Auditorium Shores (Fun Fun Fun Fest)